Oldtown Folks

Harriet Beecher STOWE (1811 - 1896)

1870's rural Massachusetts communities became famous as “Oldtown” in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 7th novel and national bestseller. Based partially on her husband Rev. Calvin Stowe's childhood memories and other old timers' recollections, this story of growing up in rural New England just after the American Revolution is one of the earliest examples of local color writing in New England. Young Horace Holyoke, the novel's narrator, describes life during the early Federalist years, capturing its many rich ideas, customs, and family lore. Villagers wrestle with loyalties to the fledgling government, and with the new secular rationalism provoked by the young nation’s Founders. Clashes between Puritanism, Calvinism, and Arminianism abound. This book helped with the depreciation of Calvinism in that time. Summary by Michele Fry

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage, Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Michele Fry
00:03:49
Play 01 Ch.1 Old Town And The Minister Lynne T
00:22:20
Play 02 Ch.2 My Father Denise Nordell
00:12:40
Play 03 Ch.3 My Grandmother Denise Nordell
00:17:46
Play 04 Ch.4 The Village Do-Nothing Michele Fry
00:25:22
Play 05 Ch.5 The Old Meeting-House Michele Fry
00:52:49
Play 06 Ch.6 Fire-Light Talk In My Grandmother's Kitchen Michele Fry
00:54:21
Play 07 Ch.7 Old Crab Smith Michele Fry
00:27:28
Play 08 Ch.8 Miss Asphyxia Michele Fry
00:26:48
Play 09 Ch.9 Harry's First Day's Work Denise Nordell
00:10:36
Play 10 Ch.10 Miss Asphyxia's System Denise Nordell
00:24:22
Play 11 Ch.11 The Crisis Colman Shew
00:15:45
Play 12 Ch.12 The Lion's Mouth Shut Michele Fry
00:15:16
Play 13 Ch.13 The Empty Bird's-Nest Crystal Rogers
00:09:00
Play 14 Ch.14 The Day In Fairy-Land Michele Fry
00:28:22
Play 15 Ch.15 The Old Manor-House Michele Fry
00:21:56
Play 16 Ch.16 Sam Lawson's Discoveries Michele Fry
00:21:58
Play 17 Ch.17 The Visit To The Haunted House Michele Fry
00:43:29
Play 18 Ch.18 Tina's Adoption Michele Fry
00:31:14
Play 19 Ch.19 Miss Mehitable's Letter, and the Reply, Giving Further Hints of the Story Michele Fry
00:52:30
Play 20 Ch.20 Miss Asphyxia Goes In Pursuit, and my Grandmother Gives Her Views on Education Michele Fry
00:32:00
Play 21 Ch.21 What is to be Done with the Boy? Michele Fry
00:27:34
Play 22 Ch.22 Daily Living In Old Town Colman Shew
00:34:36
Play 23 Ch.23 We Take a Step Up In The World Michele Fry
00:35:07
Play 24 Ch.24 We Behold Grandeur Michele Fry
00:32:43
Play 25 Ch.25 Easter Sunday Michele Fry
00:45:31
Play 26 Ch.26 What "Our Folks" Said At Oldtown Michele Fry
00:25:00
Play 27 Ch.27 How We Kept Thanksgiving At Oldtown Denise Nordell
00:35:01
Play 28 Ch.28 The Raid On Oldtown, And Uncle Fliakim's Bravery Michele Fry
00:29:58
Play 29 Ch.29 My Grandmother's Blue Book Michele Fry
00:55:00
Play 30 Ch.30 We Begin To Be Grown-Up People Michele Fry
00:30:59
Play 31 Ch.31 What Shall We Do With Tina? Michele Fry
00:18:55
Play 32 Ch.32 The Journey To Cloudland Gnomesb
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Play 33 Ch.33 School-Life in Cloudland Michele Fry
00:47:32
Play 34 Ch.34 Our Minister in Cloudland Michele Fry
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Play 35 Ch.35 The Revival Of Religion Colman Shew
00:27:58
Play 36 Ch.36 After The Revival Michele Fry
00:24:28
Play 37 Ch.37 The Minister's Wood-Spell Michele Fry
00:20:58
Play 38 Ch.38 Ellery Davenport Gnomesb
00:26:32
Play 39 Ch.39 Last Days In Cloudland Michele Fry
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Play 40 Ch.40 We Enter College Michele Fry
00:23:50
Play 41 Ch.41 Night Talks Crystal Rogers
00:11:46
Play 42 Ch.42 Spring Vacation At Oldtown Gnomesb
00:25:59
Play 43 Ch.43 What Our Folks Thought About It Michele Fry
00:28:01
Play 44 Ch.44 Marriage Preparations Kathrine Engan
00:22:27
Play 45 Ch.45 Wedding Bells Michele Fry
00:25:28
Play 46 Ch.46 Wedding After-Talks At Oldtown Michele Fry
00:13:00
Play 47 Ch.47 Behind The Curtain Kathrine Engan
00:17:40
Play 48 Ch.48 Tina's Solution Michele Fry
00:16:51
Play 49 Ch.49 What Came Of It Michele Fry
00:23:19
Play 50 Ch.50 The Last Chapter Michele Fry
00:16:51